Consulting

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Consulting

Consulting is a massive, international industry. It spans human resources, business advisory services, information technology, operations management consulting, health care administration, education and many other fields. Consultants provide expertise to organizations to help them maximize profits or effectiveness and keep them running smoothly. They are professional "problem-solvers for hire." Consultants are key players in today's business world.

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Skills Needed:

  • Problem solving and analytical skills
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Leadership and  Team Based skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Project Management

Find Opportunities

 
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Using IrishCompass, LinkedIn, and ND’s alumni association directory called myND is the best way to start on the networking front.

Job Databases:

 

Please note, it’s common for companies in this industry to post directly to their own website’s employment pages - it’s recommended to also check these for opportunities.

Industry Timeline

Most opportunities and interview processes will run throughout the fall semester. Firms are likely to be on-campus, but some do recruit from afar. Spring recruiting fluctuates annually based on strategic hiring goals and hiring rates from the previous fall. Many firms will return to campus in the spring semester to both look for immediate candidates and source new talent for the next recruiting cycle.

Applying and Interviewing

Resumes

 

Your resume will often be the first impression for a potential employer.  You want to make sure that your resume is concise, direct, and specific. Ensure that your resume is tailored for the position and for the industry. Highlighting relevant coursework can demonstrate your fit for a particular position. Review our guide on resumes for more information on how to construct one

Cover Letters

A cover letter introduces you to a potential employer. Use the position description to make specific connections between your skills and experience and what the organization is looking for in a candidate. The cover letter should be concise and well-written—if a potential employer reads your cover letter and is intrigued, they will then read your resume. Your cover letter should not repeat your resume verbatim, but enhance it. Together the cover letter and resume can help land you an interview. Review our guide on cover letters for more information on how to construct one.

Interviewing

Most interviews will contain a mixture of resume based questions (questions about your past experience) and behavioral based questions (your ability to handle prospective situations at work).  Most positions will begin with an interview that has a mix of these questions. Review our guide on common interview questions. Prepare for various types of interviews (behavioral, case) and formats (phone, virtual, in-person).

Preparation is extremely important for interviews. Research the company/organization, current and previous projects they’ve worked on, and even the people that you’re interviewing with. This will not only help provide talking points but will show your knowledge and genuine interest in the position. Utilize our resources on how to best prepare yourself to excel in your interview.

The cornerstone of the consulting interview process is the case interview. Case interviewers want to see how you process information, manage priorities, and if you ask the right questions. The goal is not to simply provide a solution to the problem at hand, but rather to showcase your process and ability to do so logically, methodically, and creatively.

 

Case Interview Preparation:

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Campus Resources

Career Counselor:

Ali

Ali Fahey
Assistant Director, Consulting and Data Analytics

 

Student Clubs:

Employer Examples:

  • McKinsey & Company
  • Bain & Company
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Huron Consulting Group
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Protiviti
  • Accenture
  • Deloitte
  • PwC
  • Charles River Associates
  • LEK Consulting
  • Pariveda Solutions
  • HealthScape Advisors
  • West Monroe Partners
  • EY
  • KPMG

*This list provides a sample list of employers and should not be considered complete or exhaustive.

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